Sources: Closer Diaz, Mets reach landmark deal

by Daryn Albert - The Edwin Diaz deal is the first nine-figure contract ever for a closer and for the first time takes the position into the $20 million-plus range.

Sources: Edwin Diaz, Mets agree to 5-year, $102 million deal 4:48 PM ET ESPN Star closer Edwin Diaz and the New York Mets are in agreement on a five-year, $102 million contract, pending a physical, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Sunday. There's an opt-out and a full no-trade clause, plus a sixth-year option, in the contract, sources said. The Diaz deal is the first nine-figure contract ever for a closer and for the first time takes the position into the $20 million-plus range. Diaz, who made $10 million this year, earned the big payday after a dominant 2022 season that saw him finish with 32 saves, a 1.31 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 62.0 innings for a Mets team that won 101 games. New York's bullpen finished 10th in the majors in ERA, and the top relievers in innings pitched (Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo, Trevor Williams and Diaz) were among the 131 players across the major leagues who were declared free agents Sunday, the day after the 2022 season ended. Keeping Diaz is a massive move for the Mets to start the offseason, as one of baseball's top free agents is now off the board.